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Brent Colburn

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
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Brent Colburn

Mr. Brent Colburn is the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. He serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense for communication strategy, media relations, public information, and community relations in support of DoD activities and U.S. service members and civilian employees of the Department around the world. 

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Colburn served as the Chief of Staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At HUD, he played a key leadership role as a member of Secretary Donovan’s senior staff.

In 2011, Mr. Colburn was the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), working closely with Secretary Napolitano and her leadership team on issues ranging from counterterrorism to border security and disaster response.  He began his service with the Obama administration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he was the Director of External Affairs, overseeing Public Affairs, Legislative Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs, International Affairs and Private Sector Outreach.

Mr. Colburn served as National Communications Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign and the Communications Director for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee.  He has worked on numerous national and congressional campaigns, including the last four Presidential campaigns. Additionally, Mr. Colburn has worked for Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director. 

Mr. Colburn attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia, where he earned both a BA in Government and a Master’s in Public Policy. Mr. Colburn’s father, Cork Colburn, served 24 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel.

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